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Smart Talk: Alzheimer's and the state's action plan

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 29, 2014 2:46 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

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Medical science has made extraordinary progress in fighting and eradicating diseases over the past 50 years.  For example, new ways to detect and treat cancer and heart disease have saved lives.

Unfortunately, Alzheimer's and related diseases are exceptions.  We know much more about the diseases that affect the brain than just a few short years ago.  But between 2000 and 2010, deaths from Alzheimer's increased 68% while deaths from other major diseases decreased.

Alzheimer's disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed.

There are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's or a related disease and 400,000 of them are Pennsylvanians.

It's estimated that by the year 2050, there could be 16 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's.

There are many more sobering statistics.

Those suffering from Alzheimer's aren't just numbers.  They're people who have lost life-long memories, the ability to care for themselves and often their dignity. 

Their families and loved ones feel the heartbreak and are often left providing the care.

On Wednesday's Smart Talk, we'll learn about Alzheimer's and related diseases and Pennsylvania's action plan to aid families affected by Alzheimer's.

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Brian Duke, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging

Appearing on the program is Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke and Clay Jacobs, the Vice President of Program Services for the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.

For More Information:

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Alzheimer's Association-Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

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Comments: 2

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-30 08:17

    Stephen emails:

    What are the names and location of the two Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Centers in Pennsylvania?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-30 08:45

    Kim writes:

    About 8 years ago I started noticing an inability to remember whether I got the mail or what I had for lunch yesterday.

    I went through a 6 hour memory test (TWICE) and was told that I did not have Alzheimers disease. How definitive is this diagnosis and do memory exercises help?

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